Friday, December 3, 2010

Stela of Hammurabi

The Stele of Hammurabi, while a piece of sculpture technically, was not primarily ordained to be a piece of art specifically. It bares a good portion of the Hammurabi law code, a doctrine of 282 laws that set standards on correct behavior and consequences for the Babylonians. This featured copy is diorite stele and is sitting in the Lourve, incomprehensible with its Akkadian words. At the top, one of the figures is believed to be Hammurabi, possibly handing over his code of laws for approval to a certain deity. 


  1. I think this image is reversed. I believe that Hammurabi (the standing figure) is supposed to be on the left.

  2. yeah I think your right it is reversed.